FB Update: Auto Gallery Yokohama R32

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Track R32 from Auto Gallery Yokohama

Hardcore R32 track machine from Auto Gallery Yokohama.

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FB Update: GT-RR demo car at Buttonwillow

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GT-RR demo car at Buttonwillow

March 10th 2012, GT-RR/Bulletproof demo car in action at Buttonwillow Raceway!

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GT-RR / Speed Ventures Performance Day

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2012 Nissan R35 GT-R at Buttonwillow

GT-RR Special Event – Day at the track!!
Track: Buttonwillow
Date: Saturday, March 10th.
This has been discussed for a long time… time to make it happen!

GT-RR and Speed Ventures have teamed up to prepare a special track day experience for GT-R owners.  This is a great chance to enjoy your GT-R’s performance the way it was intended, all without the risk of jail time.  All experience levels of drivers are welcome.
track configuration for GT-RR track day at Speed Ventures

For $200 you will experience:
– Track day of high performance driving at Buttonwillow Raceway (5 Sessions, 120 minutes)
– Access to a GT-R only hospitality garage throughout the day
– A CD of professional photos of you driving your car driving on the track, your GT-R (and others) in the pits, and a group shot of all of the GT-Rs
– A transponder rental for the day to record your lap times
– A catered lunch
– A free raffle ticket
– The chance to win a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place trophy for fastest GT-R of the event
2012 R35 GT-R at Buttonwillow rear
There will be fast GT-Rs, slow GT-Rs and people of all experience levels. The plan for the day is simply to have fun and hang out with other GT-R owners. We encourage everyone to go at their own speed and to enjoy their cars in a great environment surrounded with friends.

For an additional $35 per car there are an additional 6 garage spaces available. They are offered on a first come first served basis.

Sign up now, space is limited. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Built From Scratch by PCAL

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Many extreme car enthusiasts at one point or another in life convince themselves that they can build a car from the ground up. Some of those people are the Colin Chapmans, Soichiro Hondas and Gordon Murrays of the world. Others…. aren’t. But you’ll never know unless you try, right?

Dennis Palatov is one man who has put his money where his mouth is. Thankfully, he’s also chosen to document the whole process on his website. I’ve been following it for quite a while. One of his projects is the DP4 which is essentially a motorcycle powered car that’s designed to be a half-way point between karts and traditional race cars. Peruse his website and you’ll see many cool machines.

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One day I’d like to try my hand at making a car and when I do I’m going to use a Honda Goldwing motor. Many have adapted various motorcycle engines to their homebuilt creations so that’s nothing new. However, many of the conversions suffer from a few basic faults that keep them from being as desirable as they could be. Most motorcycle engines rev extremely high and produce very little torque. This, combined with clutches that were never designed to move the weight of a car usually don’t make for a very smooth launch. Then there’s the problem of motorcycle engines typically being designed to use chain drive.

goldwing-wheelie

The Goldwing doesn’t suffer from any of these faults and is remarkably torquey, has a low center of gravity, is extremely reliable, widely available and even has an alternator that is actually designed to run more than a single headlight. It’s not a violent, unbalanced inline-4 that revs to 15,000rpm, but that’s the point. I want a scaled-down, lightweight sports car, not a stripped down torture chamber.

What would you build?

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